Award-winning Johns Hopkins nurse and instructor Joan D. Sutton is dead She was specialist in rheumatology

December 15, 1991

A memorial service for Joan D. Sutton, who taught in the Johns Hopkins nursing and medical schools and was an expert on the care of rheumatology patients, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Hurd Hall in the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ms. Sutton, who was 51, died Dec. 6 of cancer at her home on Woodson Road.

In addition to her faculty posts at the two schools, she was a clinical specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Good Samaritan Hospital and also taught students at the University of Maryland Nursing School.

The former Joan D. Masek was a native of Chicago who came to Baltimore in 1958 to attend Goucher College.

After two years there, she began studies at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree.

After three months as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she became an instructor at the nursing school.

She remained at Hopkins until her death except for two periods. From 1968 to 1969, she worked on the staff of the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and from 1972 to 1973 she did graduate work at the University of Maryland nursing school, where she earned a master's degree.

Ms. Sutton was one of the few people to teach in the three nursing programs that Hopkins has had over the years, the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, the nursing program of the School of Health Sciences, and the present Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

She also served twice as president of the nursing alumnae, from 1974 until 1975 and again from 1979 until 1980 and was a member of the executive board of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association in the 1970s and early 1980s.

She wrote many professional papers, textbook chapters and reviews, many of them dealing with the care of those with rheumatic diseases.

She was a former president of the Arthritis Health Professions Association, which gave her a fellowship and honored her with its Addie Thomas Outstanding Service Award and its Southeastern Regional Distinguished Service Award.

She was elected to Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honorary society, and was a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Honor Society.

A 1989 winner of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Society, she was also the 1990 winner of the nursing school's Caroline Pennington Award for Excellence in Teaching. The school has established an award in her name for a graduating student.

She had also been active in committees of the National Arthritis Foundation and its Maryland Chapter in addition to holding membership in the American Nurses Association, the Maryland Society for Rheumatic Diseases, the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization and the Lupus Foundation of Maryland.

Ms. Sutton had also been served on national and state advisory boards, task forces and commissions on arthritis.

She is survived by a brother, Richard Masek of Lindenhurst, Ill.; a niece; and a nephew.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

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